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Lim Khim Katy

“My father was born and raised a Buddhist in Cambodia and my mother was raised a Catholic in Nam Dinh province in Vietnam. My siblings and I grew up in Saigon with loving parents who shared the best tenets from both religions with us. I believe that my passion for art may have been predestined from the time when my parents first met and fell in love while studying art in an outdoor class. My inheritance has included a love of color, a familiarity with paintbrushes and an attraction to shapes from the time that I first became conscious of the sun and the moon.

From the age of sixteen, I was allowed to venture out on my own journeys to volunteer with those less fortunate than myself. I saw and experienced tremendous poverty and learned that many people struggled against all odds to simply exist. I learned that women were married off at an early age when they should have been playing and studying and their plight was often neglected and ignored by others. I learned that women were 

forced to endure domestic abuse and violence, that they tolerated a lack of respect and extremely harsh working conditions laboring in the hot sun without regard to their physical or emotional well-being. Somehow, through it all, these women remained strong, endured and moved from their youth, through their childbearing years and into old age, quietly accepting their plight and finding simple pleasures to share with each other to help sustain themselves. Even now, with industrialization and modernization in the cities of Vietnam, we still find many women enduring and surviving instead of thriving.

My paintings come from the feeling generated from the life all around me; from peoples’ eyes, gestures, stares and the individual emotions that they express. These instants may come fleetingly but they are often profound and refuse to leave my mind until expressed on my canvasses. Whenever I experience ‘artist’s block’, I leave my studio, travel and observe life around me. It is the people who I see in their daily lives who provide the ongoing inspiration for my work. When I look into a person’s eyes, I feel like I can see into their soul and understand a bit about their life, joys and hardships. My paintings of nostalgic village homes and my vibrant landscapes are painted with the objective of expressing both strong emotion and great tranquility. I see them as a compliment to my often-melancholic portraits that express the daily life experiences that many women and Vietnamese laborers still endure.”

“Being happy and comfortable is only a part of the human experience. I am heartened that collectors from around the world understand my sentiments – through my pieces, they cross, oceans and rivers, mountains and valleys to see that boundaries can be broken, and feelings can be shared in order to have a better understanding of each other.” … I love and admire women who have sacrificed everything and still persist and I use my art as a way of expressing and sharing my feelings about them. I sincerely appreciate what they have experienced in their lives and hope that somehow my art will honor them as humans and express that even though their lives are gut wrenchingly difficult, I want others to know about them and understand. I want my art to be a window into their world for others who have never seen what I have seen and come to understand.”

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